Real Name: George Tarleton
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Fantastic psionic abilities and superhuman calculating ability. Can form force field barriers effective against energy attacks, mentally produce heat and mental blasts of pure psionic energy, probe the minds of others, and recall any fact he has ever known. He can also convert himself into raw data and travel in the form of e-mail.
Average technician George Tarleton found his fate forever changed thanks to a random selection by his boss, the Scientist Supreme of A.I.M., who needed a unique, bio-engineered "living computer" in order to plumb the mysteries of the Cosmic Cube. Tarleton was subjected to hideous experiments, mutating his body into a massive-headed being possessing superhuman intelligence and extraordinary psionic powers, and the process drove him mad. Given the code-name MODOC ("Mobile Organism Designed Only for Computing"), Tarleton instead turned on his superiors, slaying them all and declaring himself Scientist Supreme. Moreover, he changed his name to MODOK, with the "K" standing now for "Killing".
Knowing only the barest of information, S.H.I.E.L.D. sent its Agent 13 to gather intelligence about A.I.M. and MODOK, but she was captured and Captain America was then sent to the rescue. The two heroes were captured, but ultimately discovered MODOK when he revealed himself and tried to kill them personally. During the resultant clash, other A.I.M. agents, those opposed to MODOK's leadership, turned on him and allowed Captain America and Agent 13 to escape. The submarine base destroyed, MODOK was believed dead, although he used his psionic abilities to save himself and soon reasserted his leadership over A.I.M.
Initially, MODOK turned A.I.M.'s pursuits toward acquiring technology and new recruits, running into conflict with Captain America, Doctor Doom and the Sub-Mariner, and the Hulk. During the latter confrontation, MODOK first used a giant robot body in a preemptive strike on the Hulk, and later he mutated Betty Ross into the Harpy to defeat him (although MODOK was stopped by the arrival of the Bird People.) MODOK used his giant body to confront Iron Man, capturing him but being defeated by the Yellow Claw.
Following this defeat, MODOK was deposed as leader of A.I.M., as his followers were dissatisfied with MODOK's increasing preoccupation with his super-powered adversaries causing A.I.M. to largely abandon its goals for scientific breakthroughs. However, MODOK regained control of a West Coast faction of A.I.M. and, in alliance with Deathbird, he led A.I.M. in an attack on its East Coast division. Still, a considerable portion of the A.I.M. organization remained outside of MODOK's control. MODOK did not realize that the members of A.I.M. whom he believed were securely under his control were secretly conspiring with the other faction of A.I.M. to destroy him. To his surprise, both A.I.M. groups joined forces and attacked him. MODOK retreated, soon afterward fighting A.I.M. forces alongside the Hulk, but he finally fled after battling the Hulk himself. With MODOK gone, all of A.I.M. was finally reunited under new leadership.
The new leaders of A.I.M. hired the Serpent Society to assassinate MODOK to prevent him from posing any further threat to them. MODOK had escaped capture, ultimately hiding in a warehouse at a shopping mall in Newbury, New Jersey, but he was followed by both the Serpent Society and Captain America. Captain America found the weakened MODOK as two of the Serpents, Cottonmouth and Death Adder, were tearing away at his flesh. MODOK died even as Captain America was trying to help him, and the Serpents delivered his corpse back to A.I.M.
A.I.M. managed to keep MODOK's body for use as a living computer, similar to his intended origin, but A.I.M. agent Yorgon Tykkio sent MODOK into battle against Iron Man, guiding him by remote control. At the height of battle, however, Tykkio caused MODOK's headband to fire plasma that ignited underground fuel lines, causing an explosion that ultimately annihilated MODOK's body.
Years later, A.I.M. once again sought the control of the Cosmic Cube, and in so doing they tore reality itself. Using the Cube, they restored MODOK to life, hoping that he could command the energies to fix reality. Although it was actually an Adaptoid that saved the day, MODOK took advantage to resume leadership of A.I.M. once more.
He returned to his preoccupation with his rivals, battling Captain America and Iron Man, but he also explored new avenues for A.I.M., such as exploring the relationship of science and magic (running afoul of Alpha Flight for reviving their member Snowbird), allying with Hydra over nanotechnology (before taken down by Citizen V and the V-Battalion), and creating a legitimate corporate front for A.I.M. as Advanced Corp. (until exposed by Iron Man.) MODOK was once saved by the Headmen from where he had lost himself in an extra-dimensional quest for additional power. In gratitude, he agreed to join them in their hopes of taking over the world, helping them do so with the help of the alien Orrgo. MODOK admitted, however, that this association was merely scientific, as he examined the efforts of the Headmen to better understand himself, and he and A.I.M. disassociated themselves from the Headmen before the villains were thwarted by the Defenders.
In a strange series of events, MODOK appeared to be hunting down and killing all A.I.M. agents responsible for his original transformation. In fact, MODOK had switched bodies with Damocles "the Saint" Rivas, the brother of a drug lord who developed a viral bio-weapon using MODOK's DNA, and Damocles was acting on MODOK's long-suppressed hatred of his form. MODOK had hoped to use Rivas to claim the scheme for himself, but ran afoul of the Falcon and the Anti-Cap. His defeat sent his mind back into his body, where it co-existed with Damocles. Damocles instead hoped to engage the Hulk in battle and thereby destroy MODOK's form, but Captain America intervened, inspiring Damocles to use MODOK's mental powers to revert the Hulk to Bruce Banner and gain his help to cure the MODOK virus. MODOK was rendered comatose, but he soon reverted to normal to once more lead A.I.M., with all traces of Damocles Rivas expunged.
MODOK stands for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing.
The Marvel Adventures version of this character is M.O.D.O.C. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense (1959) #94
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AAFES 10th Edition [New Avengers: X Exchange] (2010)
#7 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
- 'Victor Mancha to Phantazia'
American Dream (2008)
#2 Astonishing Tales (2009)
- 'The Choice And The Challenge!'
Astonishing Tales: M.O.D.O.K. (2009)
Avengers Alliance (2016)
#3 Avengers in Gearing Up (2015)
- 'Chapter Three of Four: What Rough Beast?'
#4 Cable & Deadpool (2004)
- 'The Brave...and the Bold'
#11 Captain America (1968)
- 'Thirty Pieces, Part 1: Predator & Pray'
Annual 07 Captain America (1998)
- 'The Last Enchantment!'#112
- 'Lest We Forget!'#117
- 'The Coming of... the Falcon!'#119
- 'Now Falls the Skull!'#120
- 'Crack-Up On Campus!'#124
- 'Mission: Stop the Cyborg!'#132
- 'The Fearful Secret of Bucky Barnes!'#133
- 'Madness in the Slums!'#162
- 'This Way Lies Madness!'#176
- 'Captain America Must Die!'#313
- 'Mission: Murder MODOK!'#315
- 'The Hard Sell'#441
- 'Through the Perilous Fight'
Captain America (2002)
#31 Captain America (2005)
- 'Super Patriot Part 3'
Captain America & the Falcon (2004)
#7 Captain America 75th Anniversary Magazine (2016)
- 'Lost in Translation'#8
- 'Brothers and Keepers, Part 1: Death By Design'#9
- 'Brothers and Keepers, Part 2: Hunters'#10
- 'Brothers & Keepers, Part 3: The Killers Club'#11
- 'Brothers and Keepers, Part 4: I, M.O.D.O.K.'#12
- 'Brothers & Keepers, Part 5: Brothers'
Captain America: Red, White & Blue (2002)
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (1998)
HC Captain America: The Legend (1996)
- 'Captain America: Sentinel Of Liberty'#10
- 'The Janus Chamber'
Captain America: Triple Threat (2014)
Citizen V and the V-Battalion (2001)
#1 ClanDestine (1994)
- 'Voices Shouting Silently'#2
- 'Burning Bridges'
#1 Contest of Champions (2015)
- 'Apparently Unrelated Events: Family Reunion Part One'#4
- 'Wait Till Your Father Gets Home: Family Reunion Part Four'
Dark Reign Files (2009)
Dark Reign: M.O.D.O.K. (2009)
#45 Defenders (2001)
- 'The Death of Deadpool'
#9 Fall of the Hulks: Alpha (2010)
- 'While You Were Out...!'#10
- 'Head To Head'
#1 Fall of the Hulks: Gamma (2010)
- 'Meeting of the Minds'
Fall of the Hulks: M.O.D.O.K. (2010)
#1 Fall of the Hulks: Red Hulk (2010)
- 'Intelligencia vs Insmelligencia'
#1 Fall of the Hulks: The Savage She-Hulks (2010)
- 'The Power Cosmic'#3
- 'How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The A-Bomb'#4
- 'Best Case Scenario'
#1 Fantastic Four (1961)
- 'The Savage Sex'#2
- 'The Savage Sex: Part 2'
#535 Fantastic Four in…Ataque del M.O.D.O.K.! (2010)
- 'To Be This Monster'
#1 Fantastic Four Trapped in the Data Vortex (2011)
- '¡Ataque del M.O.D.O.K.!'
Fantastic Four: Foes (2005)
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Comics Magazine (2001)
#4 Gambit and the Champions: From The Marvel Vault (2011)
- 'The Merciless Menace Of MODOK!'
GLX-Mas Special (2006)
Howard the Duck (2007)
Incredible Hulks (2012)
#2#14 Incredible Hulks: World War Hulks (2012)
- 'A fear itself chapter'
HC Infinity Wars: Soldier Supreme (2018)
- 'Incredible Hulks: World War Hulks'
Iron Man (1968)
Annual 04#74 Iron Man (1998)
- 'The Modok Machine!'#75
- 'Slave To the Power Imperious!'#77
- 'I Cry: Revenge!'#80
- 'Mission Into Madness!'#205
- 'The Resurrection Gambit'#288
- 'Ground Zero'
#1 Iron Man: The Legend (1996)
- 'Looking Forward'#44
- 'The Big Bang Theory: Part 3'#45
- 'The Big Bang Theory: Conclusion'
Iron Man/Captain America '98 (1998)
King-Size Spider-Man Summer Special (2008)
M.O.D.O.K: Reign Delay (2009)
Marvel 1985 (2008)
#3 Marvel Age (1983)
- 'Nuff Said!'
Marvel Annual & Quarterly Reports (1992)
Marvel Double Feature (1973)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Holiday Magazine 2010 (2010)
Marvel Holiday Special (1991)
Marvel Knights: Hulk (2014)
#3 Marvel Knights: X-Men (2014)
- 'Trance Form Three of Four'#4
- 'Transform Four of Four'
#5 Marvel Team-Up (1972)
- 'Haunted Part 5 of 5'
Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
#81 Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
- 'No Home For Heroes!'#82
- 'The Fatal Effects of Virus X!'#96
- 'Visiting Hours!'
Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (2011)
#3 Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works (2012)
- 'Fate of Two Worlds'
Mörser Attack (2002)
Ms. Marvel (1977)
#5 Ms. Marvel (2006)
- 'Bridge of No Return'#7
- 'Call Me Death-Bird!'#10
- 'Cry Murder -- Cry Modok!'
#14 Occupy Avengers (2017)
- 'The Deal Part 2 Of 2'#15
- 'Ready, A.I.M., Fire!'#16
- 'Ready, A.I.M., Fire! Part 2'#17
- 'Ready, A.I.M., Fire!: Part 3'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Saga of the Sub-Mariner (1988)
#11 Secret Wars: Battleworld (2015)
- 'Blood Ties'#12
- 'Triumphs and Tragedy'
Shame Itself (2012)
#1 Strange Tales (2009)
- 'The Girl from Gamma Gamma Gamma'
Strange Tales II (2010)
HC Super-Villain Team-Up (1975)
- 'Strange Tales II'#2
Super-Villain Team-Up/MODOK's 11 (2007)
#1 Tales of Suspense (1959)
- 'Mistaken for Happiness, or: "The Team"'#2
- 'Prevenge, or: "The Plan"'#3
- 'Where the Money Is, or: "The Job"'#4
- 'Death From Virtue, or "The Getaway"'#5
- 'How Not To Be Good, or "The Payoff"'
The Avengers (1963)
#387 The Incredible Hulk (1968)
- 'Island of Spirits'#388
- 'Into the Breach'
The Invincible Iron Man DVD-ROM (2007)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Mighty World of Marvel (2009)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#27 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Red Hulk Versus The Thing!'
#7 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'M: From Mandarin to Mystique'
#18 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Book of the Dead (Hyperion to Nighthawk)'
The Sub-Mariner (1968)
#47 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl [II] (2015)
- 'Twilight of the Hunted!'#49
- 'The Dream Stone'
#315 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'The Thunder God and the Bi-Beast'
#488 Venom (2011)
- 'The Extremists, Part 2'
TPB West Coast Avengers (1985)
- 'Venom by Rick Remender: The Complete Collection Vol. 1'
#36 What If? (1977)
- 'Tales to Astonish, Part Four: Return of the Ant-Man'
#37 What If? Age of Ultron (2014)
- 'What If...The Beast and The Thing Continued To Mutate?'
What If? House of M (2009)
What If? Iron Man: Demon in an Armor (2011)
#1 What If...? (1989)
- 'What if Tony Stark had Become Doctor Doom?'
#67 Wolverine (1988)
- 'What If Captain America Were Revived Today? Part 1: A Fighting Chance'
World War Hulks (2010)
#11 X-Men (1991)
- 'Warzone 2: Communion'
X-Men: To Serve And Protect (2011)
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Marvel Ultimate Alliance (2006)
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